DAO 124:241-245 (2017)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03121

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Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is present in Poland and associated with reduced fitness in wild populations of Pelophylax lessonae

Krzysztof Kolenda1, Anna Najbar1, Maria Ogielska1, Vojtech Baláž2,3,*

1Department of Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of Vertebrates, University of Wrocław, Sienkiewicza 21, 50-335 Wrocław, Poland
2Department of Ecology and Diseases of Game, Fish and Bees, and 3Department of Biology and Wildlife Diseases Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Palacké́ho tř. 1946/1, Brno 612 42, Czech Republic
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ABSTRACT: The fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is a pathogen associated with global declines of amphibians. We used qPCR to detect Bd in 255 samples from 10 Polish populations of 8 species. We found Bd infection in 3 species (Bombina variegata, Pelophylax lessonae, P. esculentus). The infection intensity in P. lessonae reached a maximum of 58400 genomic equivalents of zoospores (GE), and the 2 most heavily infected individuals died. Previous observations of the populations that included infected individuals showed reduced body size, failure to reproduce, and mortalities of adults. These data highlight the importance of emerging diseases, and the need to recognize them as an important factor in conservation of the genus Pelophylax in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.


KEY WORDS: Amphibian mortality · Bombina · Chytridiomycosis · Decline · Hybridogeneticcomplex · Pelophylax · Poland · Water frog


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Cite this article as: Kolenda K, Najbar A, Ogielska M, Baláž V (2017) Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis is present in Poland and associated with reduced fitness in wild populations of Pelophylax lessonae. Dis Aquat Org 124:241-245. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao03121

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